Originally Posted by Skipper Dan
Yes I was thinking the USVI. How expensive is it to just pull into a dock? I know water is a problem, but I do not know much else. Homeless afloat meaning the person or the boat?
The U.S.Virgins are: St Thomas, St John, and St Croix with different situations for long term boats. St John is like Highland Fling described.
As Hud3 posted (I believe he is talking about St Thomas) and I observed back in the beginning of 2011, the marinas
there are not full - in fact, quite a few open slips. But the prices have not decreased and you can get the prices by emailing the marina.
Benner Bay, St Thomas seems to be the preferred location for "long term" stays, and in fact the marinas
don't do "transient" only 2 months or more.
Anchoring out is another matter. The "good" locations are still full of long-term or permanent boaters. That leaves the very deep anchorages
and exposed anchorages
unless you are really lucky when you and your boat arrive and look around.
Additionally, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas back in the beginning of 2011 started a program of trying to get transients to pay a registration
fee for anchoring. Putting in a mooring
is an expensive and complicated process bureaucratically according to friends who have done it there.
St Croix seems to be less of a hassle than St Thomas, but I have not spent any long term anchoring there. Frankly, IMHO, there isn't much of interest in St Croix for me to spend more than a weekend or so there. Although I have friends who work in the house construction area and have lived on their boats in St Croix for a significant period of time.
"Water" is not a problem although marinas do charge for it. I don't know of any "dock you can pull into" other than marina docks. I don't think "homeless afloat" applies to the U.S. Virgins as many young folks working there cannot afford the prices of apartments so live on their boats. I have not personally seen any "derelicts" anywhere with people living on them. I have seen a very few sunken boats, usually large party type boats beached or nearly beached. But a long time friend there has a job removing such boats. Keeps him busy.